Egyptians heard on Sunday that Mohamed Mursi from the Muslim Brotherhood had won the country’s first presidential election since the fall of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The news was met with relief and celebrations in streets across Egypt. Morsi won 52 percent of the vote. His opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, was prime minister in Mubarak’s last cabinet and was widely seen as the candidate of the generals and the old regime.
Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists group has released a statementin the wake of Mursi’s victory. It is translated below. The Arabic is at e-socialists.net/node/8857
Do not leave the squares before we win our demands!
Once more the citizens have proven that they are still capable of aborting the plots of the military and the forces of counter-revolution. They have proven that revolutionary legitimacy is capable of seizing the deserved benefits of our democratic and social revolution.
Here we see the plans of the military council fall back before our eyes—even if only temporarily—beneath the pressure of the citizens and their steadfastness in the squares.
We see the terror of the generals at the possibility that this revolutionary wave would transform into a flood that their rule could not withstand. We should be optimistic today, as our revolution has achieved an important victory by defeating Shafiq, but there are still fateful challenges before us.
Millions of Egyptians have successfully frustrated plans for the progression of the military fascist candidate, despite the massive fraud and violations that were practiced to his benefit. We stand today with the military coup hanging like a sword of Damocles over our heads. The revolutionary forces must confront it with the utmost solidity and firmness.
From here on, we place great value on the many efforts and initiatives that have been put forth during the past days, striving to build a front that unifies the revolutionary ranks to end military rule.
Many traps and tricks still remain in the pockets of the military. Given our previous experience, many doubts still surround the promises of the Muslim Brotherhood to continue with their sit-in after the success of their candidate until all demands have been achieved.
It is incumbent upon the Brotherhood youth today not to permit the repetition of the leadership’s mistakes leading to their abstention, bringing our revolution to this point a second time.
The military boasts that the dissolution of parliament was a decision they took long ago and only now took “out of the desk drawer”. Perhaps this reveals the frailty of any ruler as long as Mubarak’s generals rule from behind the curtain.
The recent days and weeks have removed many masks, revealing the truth about numerous proclaimers of revolution who, when their interests were at stake, threw themselves without hesitation into the embrace of the military.
For this reason the coming weeks will be a sorting process for the political forces still present in the field, based on the degree of persistence in their positions and determination to satisfy the aspirations of the masses. The people will have no mercy on the Brothers or any others if they return to negotiations behind closed doors with the military yet again.
We call upon all revolutionary forces to align in opposition to the military’s plans, to immediately join those stationed in the squares and to stand firm until the implementation of the following demands:
- An end to the constitutional decree addendum, and the immediate surrender of power by the army
- Mohamed Mursi must announce his refusal to take the oath before the Supreme Constitutional Council
- Cancellation of the law permitting military arrests of civilians, and the cancellation of the National Defence Council
- The issuing of a presidential decision granting immediate amnesty for all political prisoners, and the rescinding of all military rulings pronounced against civilians since the beginning of the revolution
- A popular referendum on the dissolution of parliament
- The complete purging of all state institutions that have been militarised over the past months
- Stabilisation of prices, an end to privatisation, nationalisation of the monopolies and the return of the companies for which the sales contracts have been overturned by the courts
Finally, we affirm that the organised pressure of the masses is the only way to achieve the goals of our revolution. The revolutionary front has become an indispensable necessity, provided that it is founded upon real roots, it adopts the social and political demands of the people, organises them and supports the struggle to attain those goals. This is the way toward the victory of the revolution.
- Down with the military coup!
- Our revolution continues!
- Power and wealth to the people!
The Revolutionary Socialists, 24 June 2012